Seeing a Fertility Specialist

Fertility Services at OHSU in Portland, Oregon

Deciding when to see a fertility doctor

Infertility is typically defined as the inability to achieve pregnancy after one year of unprotected intercourse. If you have been trying to conceive (become pregnant) for a year or more, you may need to have an infertility evaluation.

If any of the following situations apply to you, you should consider coming in sooner:

  • Women over 35 should begin infertility evaluation after about six months of unprotected intercourse so as to not delay treatment.
  • Women with irregular menstrual cycles do not need wait an entire year before seeking treatment.
  • Women or men with known fertility problems should not wait an entire year before seeking treatment.

If you need some help deciding when to see a specialist, please call. 

We will be happy to discuss your specific situation and options. We understand this can be a difficult discussion to have, so we are sensitive to offering you support and guidance.